Traveling is a time full of excitement and a time to let go of routines, freeing oneself from the humdrum of normal days. This, however, doesn’t mean that a proper skincare routine should be left at home! Sometimes when traveling it’s difficult to keep up with normal beauty routines due to lack of facilities or not having familiar products available. According to beauty guru Michelle Phan, here are some of the best things to do to keep skin healthy while traveling.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that can be done for skin, whether or not one is out on the open road. Bringing water along everywhere, on the plane or out for a stroll, is a practice all travelers should adopt. The recommended daily intake of water is usually pinned at around eight cups a day, but those participating in physical activities or in warmer or more arid climates may need even more. Remember: by the time someone feels thirsty, he or she is already dehydrated. Drink up!
Protect Skin from Sun Exposure
People usually spend a great deal more time outside while traveling, especially those with tickets to tropical, sun-soaked getaway locations. Putting sunscreen on and remembering to reapply it throughout the day is highly recommended. It’s also a good idea to bring along light, long-sleeved clothing and a hat. What may surprise people is that even on the airplane it’s important to put on some kind of SPF protection, as plane windows don’t filter UV rays, says Dana Oliver in Huffington Post.
Stay Clean and Avoid Dirty Environments
Traveling exposes people to significantly higher and more concentrated levels of bacteria, especially during transportation, whether it’s in a plane, boat, bus or car. Making sure to shower, washing hands regularly and cleaning one’s face on a daily basis is even more important while traveling. Avoid staying in unclean environments whenever possible, as this can easily irritate skin or lead to more unpleasant forms of illness. Once you get home, you can use an exfoliating face mask to get rid of the dirt that you’ve accumulated during your travel, especially if you came from a road trip.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating out at restaurants or grabbing fried fast food on the streets can lead to breakouts. Indulging a bit while being on vacation is fine, but for longer-term travelers maintaining a healthy diet is especially important. To help skin to stay healthy and hydrated, bringing along fruits and vegetables during the day for snacks is a great idea. Having access to a kitchen and making a home cooked meal can also be a big boost to any vacation diet.
Bring Products Along
While things like toothpaste can be found almost anywhere in the world, there are many specific skincare products that people use that may not be available in all locations. For this reason, it’s important to plan ahead and bring the items necessary to one’s normal skincare routine along for the ride. Since traveling can get tedious with too much product and there are so many airline and TSA regulations regarding the size of items containing liquids in luggage, it’s a good idea to use travel sized products and use products that serve multiple functions, such as moisturizing sunscreen.
Get Plenty of Rest
Being on vacation or traveling can, ironically, leave many people feeling exhausted. While traveling, it’s important to get a good amount of sleep for a number of reasons. Lack of sleep and the increased state of stress inherent to dealing with new situations and strange environments often leads to feeling a bit under the weather. Getting enough rest is important for skincare regardless of the situation, but especially important during travel.